Tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art created for self-defence centuries ago, has evolved now as a gentle physical exercise for the health and well being of humans.
How does it work?
As said above, it is a gentle physical exercise involving slow and focused stretching coordinated with breathing. Every posture flows into the next posture without giving a pause, ensuring the body in a continuous motion. Thus, It is also called “Meditation in Motion”.
Though certain researches are underway to validate this theory, many claims that it is showing a positive impact on health. Many surveys displayed that Tai chi has positive outcomes.
Anxiety, depression and stress will get reduced once you start learning Tai chi as per claims. It also claims that it improves strength, agility, immune system, mood and quality of sleep.
Further, it revealed that it’s showing significant improvement of overall health if Tai chi is performed regularly and correctly.
Types of Tai Chi
There are various styles of Tai Chi, but there are five styles which have become a basis for modern styles. They are Chen, Sun, Wu, Wu (Hao) and Yang.
Some of these styles are used for self-defence and some others for well being.
Zhang Sanfeng is believed to be the person who formulated Tai Chi though some modern researchers have doubts regarding its validity. However, it dates back to around 5-7 centuries ago.
Present Day Scenario
People around the world have come across Tai Chi and eager to learn it to relieve themselves from stress and anxiety, caused by the modern-day work culture and other related issues. Moreover, it has become prominent because of the ease of doing and flexibility. Even aged people like doing Tai Chi exercises.
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